Uzbekistan's new football HQ and artificial pitch

FIFA President Joseph S Blatter and Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam have officially inaugurated the Uzbekistan Football Federation’s new headquarters in Tashkent. The new headquarters, ‘Football House’, also includes an artificial pitch and both were built under FIFA’s Goal project. The FIFA and AFC Presidents also laid the foundation stone for the National Training Centre which will be ready by 2008. “It will help us to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in future,” said Uzbekistan FF President Mirabror Usmanov.

During their visit to the Central Asian country, Uzbekistan ’s President, Islom Karimov, presented Blatter and Bin Hammam with Uzbekistan ’s highest civilian honours for their significant contribution to the development of football. Blatter was bestowed with the Dustlik Order while Bin Hammam was awarded the Shukhrat Medal.